A toddy is a hot alcoholic beverage, usually made with bourbon. This hot drink is alcohol-free (though by all means, toss in a shot of your favorite moonshine if you wish), so it’s not really a toddy. I just like the connotation of toddy. I make this with apples I’ve juiced, which still contain some of the apple solids, giving the juice a cider-like texture and flavor. While this drink is good with just apples and pumpkin (or other winter squash), the citrus lightens the flavor. Great for après-ski or watching snow fall…
4 c apple cider or apple juice
1 c pumpkin or other winter squash purée
1/2 orange or lemon or tangerine or clementine, seeded and sliced or chopped
cinnamon, ground ginger, ground nutmeg, and/or ground clove, for garnish, optional
1. Bring all ingredients to a gentle simmer in a saucepan. Simmer for 5 minutes or so. Pour into mugs or heatproof glasses, garnish with some wintry spice.